Ideas worth spreading – TEDxFrankfurt

Ideas worth spreading – TEDxFrankfurt
03/12/2017 pilotpatrick

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Hello my Aviator,

the time is now! We all have the same amount of time — 24 hours a day and yet most of us have the impression that time flies. Especially for the things we really want to we do not have enough time. But isn’t it about time to challenge ourselves and make a change? Last Sunday I attended the TEDxFrankfurt event at the Frankfurt Marriott Hotel to find out what the speakers do with their time and how they make a difference. In this blog post, I will share my experience of this inspirational weekend. 

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On top of Frankfurt

TED – ideas worth spreading

Maybe you have already heard about TED before? TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started out (in 1984) as a four-day conference bringing together people from three areas: Technology, Entertainment, Design. TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives, like the TEDx program. At TED, the world’s leading thinkers and doers are asked to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes!


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The time is now – Speaker!


In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx, a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together. The idea behind is to share and discuss ideas that have the power and potential to make a difference in our lives and in our world. It was great to be part of the TEDxFrankfurt event where people all shared this passion. Like in the world of aviation in which we all have the same passion. Over 550 people attended the event, which took place at the premises of the Frankfurt Marriott Hotel.

During a break between the two speaker sessions, you had a good opportunity to network, have a snack at the buffet and to try out fun activities. I tested the beer pouring machine, which you had to control only with your mind. I did not too good at it, but maybe because it was beer. It probably would have worked better with coconut water for me.

I went live on Facebook during the break. You can still watch the video here, to get an idea of the event and the atmosphere.

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Speaker Dinner TEDxFrankfurt

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Skyline view of Frankfurt from my suite

Frankfurt Marriott Hotel

The whole event was hosted by the Frankfurt Marriott Hotel. Therefore it was really convenient to have a hotel room on their property, so the event was only an elevator ride away. During my time as a private jet pilot, I have stayed at the Frankfurt Marriott Hotel several times before. It is conveniently located to get to the city center of Frankfurt and to the airport at the same time. Especially when visiting the exhibitions grounds, which are located opposite the street.


As you know I am Mister Upgrade. Through my Marriott Rewards Gold Status, I received an upgrade to a suite on the 33rd floor. The spacious room offered besides a seating area and a small kitchen with espresso machine, a fantastic view of Frankfurt’s skyline. But one of the best features of Marriott hotel rooms is the comfortable bed. If you have slept in one of those you know what I am talking about.


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My suite in the Frankfurt Marriott Hotel


Executive lounge

My status also granted me access to the executive lounge on the 43rd floor of the skyscraper. It is a great place to have a chat and to have some snacks in an exclusive atmosphere. In the morning, you can also have breakfast with a fantastic view of the skyline of Frankfurt.

Frankfurt Marriott Hotel lounge

Executive lounge Frankfurt Marriott Hotel

breakfast frankfurt

The speakers

So far, I have been listening to many speakers online on It is definitely a completely different level to listen to them live and to feel the atmosphere of the audience. I had the chance to hear from ten inspiring German and international speakers coming from the fields of technology, entertainment, and design.

Speaker Amelie

For example the speaker Amelie. I met her in the elevator of the hotel and we had a short conversation. I was really excited to listen to her speech because I was affected by her topic before: Finding an apartment in Berlin. She currently works as the Head of Marketing at cabin spacey, a start-up that conquers empty roofs of Berlin with smart cabins for urban nomads. A great idea to improve the shortage of apartments in Berlin.

Speaker Dinner

The evening before the conference, I was invited to the Speaker Dinner at the Frankfurt Marriott Hotel. It was a nice occasion to meet the speakers in advance and to do a little bit of networking. I found it really refreshing to talk to people, which were not involved in aviation and get to know their story. Networking nowadays might be mainly taking place on the internet but the personal contact and sharing of ideas and concepts should not be underestimated.

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Meet and Greet with my Aviators in Frankfurt

Surprise on the way back

For my short stay, I traveled between Berlin and Frankfurt by plane. On the way back I was about to board my return flight when the ground staff at the gate called my name. At first, I was a little confused and I thought they have bad news for me. In the end, it was a new ticket for the flight. An Aviator, who is working at the airport at the gate, upgraded me to Business Class. I had a really pleasant flight and I could enjoy a nice meal on board. She really made my flight.

Lufthansa Business class flight

Airbus A320 wing with “sharklets”

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Business Class meal on the short flight

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Cheers! Thanks for the upgrade

The time is now

The time is now was the motto of the TEDxFrankfurt event. For me, it implies that we need to find solutions to the most pressing issues and challenges. We have to solve problems like climate change, poverty, immigration, violence, gender, and economic inequities – now!

What does the time is now mean for you?

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Happy landings!

Your Pilot Patrick

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  1. Sandra 2 years ago

    The time is now bedeutet für mich, dass man das was man im Leben gerne machen möchte, nicht auf später verschiebt und sagt, das mache ich mal wenn ich dafür Zeit habe. Jeder einzelne Tag ist ein Geschenk und man sollte ihn bestmöglich nutzen. In dieser schnell lebigen Zeit ist das oft schwierig, man hat einen Job, Verpflichtungen. Aber trotz allem sollte man auf das eigene Leben nicht vergessen und deshalb: the time is now!

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      pilotpatrick 2 years ago

      Hallo Aviator Sandra, vielen Dank für dein Kommentar. Schön, dass Du Deine Meinung teilst. So sehe ich es auch, dass man es nicht auf später verschieben sollte.
      Happy landings!

  2. UMI NADHIRA 2 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your nice experience. Thanks to you, I think I want to start for writing something. Actually I have many ideas in my mind but so difficult to blow it. Maybe I will start it by collaborating with my sister. Hopefully, I can make it. I wanna ask you something, beside Amelie, did you find the speaker that change your point of view or mind about life maybe? Thank you. Bye

  3. Rania 2 years ago

    Hello captain 🙂 how are you doing ? it was amazing experience ♥ thanks for sharing . I read your blog and I enjoyed your awesome adventure . I have question 🙂 how was the beer pouring machine ? I love beer 🙂

  4. Allen mwadau 2 years ago

    I love your blogs keep it up

  5. Cherryl Chew 2 years ago

    Hello my dear Pilot Patrick,

    Thank you so much for sharing so many interesting stories especially your video on your recent event. Excellent work and well done!

    Well many people said that time is money but in my opinion, time is health because if there is no health, there won’t be any happiness even though we have lots of money. Therefore we have to work smart and not to work hard. We have to love our body in order to be healthy so that our love one don’t have to worry on us. So better do a medical check up for such an assurance sometimes and don’t give an excuse that we have no time to do it.

    Time flies and our parents are getting old. Appreciate them by taking care of them. Never expect anything in return because the good will come to us unexpectedly. I already felt it because when l was on my holiday recently, my hotel room was upgraded to executive junior suite from superior room and l was also allocated hot seat as well without any charges. So l guess my dear Pilot, you must be very kind also, that was why your hotel and air ticket were upgraded.

    Do not afraid of change and do not wait things to come our way if we do not work for it.Time do not wait for us, we have to learn new things continuously and find solutions to our problems instead of waiting for an answer.

    Lastly my dear Pilot, thanks for answering my question during the FB live chat. If not mistaken l think l heard you mentioned my surname as LEE instead of CHEW.

  6. Ngan Nguyen 2 years ago

    Hello Patrick
    Thank you for sharing with us the interesting information at Farnkfurt. This is wonderful.
    I have read all the posts in your blog. You write very well, your share is interesting. I like your blog.
    I’m a journalist. I also often write. I often write about social issues such as: human rights, poverty, disease, climate change.Hope someday I will meet you at an international event. At that time I will tell you “Hi Patrick, I want to interview you, are you ready?”

  7. Tanja 2 years ago

    Hallo Patrick,
    ich finde es klasse, dass du bei der Konferenz im Marriott Hotel warst. Das Video mit den Impressionen von deinem Wochenende ist richtig cool, ich würde mich freuen in Zukunft mehr davon zu sehen! Das Hotel sieht echt schick aus und die Macarons hätte ich gerade auch zu gern…. 😉
    Die Themen scheinen auch sehr interessant gewesen zu sein und ich freue mich schon, die Videos des Talks online anzuschauen. Super cool, dass du dazu eingeladen warst und deine Erfahrung mit uns teilst. Dein Blog ist immer super interessant!
    Hab einen schönen Abend

  8. Alexa 2 years ago

    toller Blog habe mit großem Interesse gelesen! Für mich bedeutet Zeit sehr viel.. Nämlich ich plane immer sehr viel, und plane es mit der Zeit, z.B. mich fertig machen brauche ca. 30min, meine Oma besuchen für den weg gebe ich mir 1 std. weil es kann immer abweichen, und es liegt oftmals nicht an mir✌Und auch für Feiern lege ich zeit an die Grenzen sollten nicht überschritten werden meiner Meinung nach.
    Nicht das Sie denken ich sei verrückt, ich hatte eine phase in meinem Leben, mir war es egal ob ich z.B. zuspät komme “sollen die halt warten ist mir doch egal” oder ob jemand hat sich auf mich verlassen und ich habe es nicht erfüllt. Und gemerkt habe ich das ich in meinem leben etwas nicht richtig mache erst als ich jemanden verloren habe der auf mich lange gewartet hat, und ich war zu spät. Allerdings wenn etwas von mir geplant war und nicht geklappt hat zweifel ich an meinem Leben, jedoch dauert es nicht lange. Zum Glück.
    P.S.: Grenzen setzen bedeutet nicht punkt um 21:00 schlafen legen oder kein Spaß am Leben haben. Ich setze Grenzen damit es nur für mich nicht zu viel wird. ✌

  9. Neria Cairns 2 years ago

    If we are talking about cape town, though for vacation, when it will be the best pick season for a traveler if I want to go there , I dont know how many season over in south africa but I know it hot ove there, how many season they have , did they have four season like the rest of some other country? My bucket list : Europe Phillippines Thank you for your time reading on my comments pilot patrick, once again have a wonderful time on your vacation, keep smilling and always take care. Kind regards, Your No. 1 fans Neria Cairns

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